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Beat the Sizzle on a Budget: Cool Tricks and Affordable Air for Your South West Home

Staff_Hearth 0 minute Feb 07, 2024

Summer in the South West promises sunshine, beaches, and… scorching temperatures that can melt your thongs and crank up your electricity bill. But fear not, budget-conscious friend! This guide unveils tricks and affordable air solutions to keep you cool without burning a hole in your pocket.

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Harness the Onshore:

  • Embrace the breeze: Open windows and doors as the onshore rolls in, ushering in cool ocean air. Strategically placed ceiling fans can boost the windchill, making you feel cooler.
  • Block the scorching sun: Invest in blackout curtains or blinds, especially for west-facing windows. Planting shady trees or installing awnings over windows can also deflect that fiery afternoon sun.

DIY Down-Under Cooling Hacks:

  • Icy TLC: Fill a bowl with ice and place it in front of a fan for a makeshift air conditioner. Hang damp towels near open windows for natural evaporative cooling.
  • Stay hydrated: Sipping on chilled water keeps your body temperature regulated and prevents dehydration, crucial during our heat waves. Toss in some cucumber slices for an extra hydrating and refreshing boost.

Tips for Operating Reverse Cycle Systems:

  • Whether it’s a wall split, ceiling cassette or ducted system, ensure you set the temperature to 24°C. Every degree you lower the thermostat setting increases your energy consumption. Setting it to 24°C instead of, say, 20°C, can translate to significant energy savings in the long run.
  • It will also reduce the strain on the system. Running your system at a higher temperature requires less effort from the compressor, putting less strain on the unit and potentially extending its lifespan.

Invest in Smart Cooling AKA Evaporative Cooling:

  • This budget-friendly cooling option excels in the South West’s dry heat, dramatically lowering temperatures with minimal running costs. They’re also cheaper to run. Seeley International, the manufacturer of Breezair, Braemar and Coolair, states that their units can be up to 80% cheaper to run than a reverse cycle air conditioner.

Making the Right Choice:

Ultimately, the best cooling solution for your Bunbury or Busselton abode depends on your budget, climate, and lifestyle:

  • Climate: Although reverse cycle systems excel in any climate, evaporative coolers are perfect for dry regions like the South West.
  • Budget: Evaporative coolers shine in terms of affordability, both for installation and ongoing use. However, if you seek year-round climate control, they’re solely focused on cooling and don’t offer heating capabilities.
  • Cooling Needs: Do you need year-round temperature control or just summer cooling?
  • Home Size: Consider the size of your home when choosing a system’s cooling capacity.

By combining these budget-friendly cooling strategies with smart system choices, you can conquer the South West heat like a seasoned sunburnt pro. Remember, staying cool doesn’t have to break the bank – a little West Aussie ingenuity and resourcefulness can go a long way in creating a comfortable and affordable summer haven.

Cheers to a cool and cost-effective summer!

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